Robot by Singapore researchers autonomously assembles an IKEA chair

  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a robot that can autonomously assemble an IKEA chair
  • The team from Nanyang Technological University spent three years programming a robot to create and execute a plan to piece together most of Ikea’s $25 solid-pine Stefan chair on its own
Image capture of video via Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Facebook page

Researchers from Singapore said they have developed a robot that can figure out how to assemble furniture from Ikea.

A team from Nanyang Technological University spent three years programming a robot to create and execute a plan to piece together most of Ikea’s $25 solid-pine Stefan chair on its own.

The robot assembled IKEA’s Stefan chair in 8 minutes and 55 seconds. Prior to the assembly, the robot took 11 minutes and 21 seconds to independently plan the motion pathways and 3 seconds to locate the parts.

“If you think about it, it requires perception, it requires you to plan a motion, it requires control between the robot and the environment, it requires transporting an object with two arms simultaneously,” said Dr. Quang-Cuong Pham, an assistant professor of engineering at the university and one of the paper’s authors.

“We are looking to integrate more artificial intelligence into this approach to make the robot more autonomous so it can learn the different steps of assembling a chair through human demonstration or by reading the instruction manual, or even from an image of the assembled product.”

Singapore has been pushing businesses to invest in automation and robotics to boost productivity as it keeps a tight leash on cheap foreign labor.

Watch the video shared on Facebook by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore here.